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    Arts

    Books & Bars is a show inside a book club

    Jan. 21, 2015, 12:44 p.m., Posted by lweinhagen

    A reader question at a past Books & Bars event. Way back in early 2004, Jeff Kamin started a book club. There’s nothing terribly remarkable about a book club. At its most basic, a book club is a group of people coming together to discuss a...

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    Jonathan Harwell-Dye helps the Macon Arts Alliance get a seat at the table

    Jan. 21, 2015, 11:35 a.m., Posted by Nicole Rupersburg


    Jonathan Harwell-Dye. Photo by Matthew Odom.

    This article is cross-posted with permission from Creative Exchange

    Jonathan Harwell-Dye’s career in the arts didn’t start out in the most obvious way. The Director of Communications for the Macon Arts Alliance began as a science illustration major at the University of Georgia, where he worked with scientists doing etymological illustrations, translating the world of science into the artistic world.

    “It’s a fascinating field,” he says. “It also gave me a foundation of being able to translate art to people who aren’t in artistic fields. I feel like today I’m able to use that to translate on a regular basis.”

    He intended to go on after college to work as a science or medical illustrator, but decided to go into the professional world and work as a graphic designer instead, eventually becoming creative director of a local newspaper where he worked for seven years.

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    Weathervane Playhouse premieres new play set in Akron

    Jan. 21, 2015, 10:55 a.m., Posted by rdurbin

    Weathervane Playhouse, a Knight Arts grantee, commissioned Cleveland area writer Michael Oatman to create a play. That he did. His “Crazy Man,” which is set in south Akron, deals head on with some uncomfortable situations about race relations. Oatman’s play begins with two young African-American students coming on stage talking...

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